• Our 2016 – 2017 season features three acclaimed artists!

Our 2016 – 2017 season features three acclaimed artists!

Not one, not two, but THREE acclaimed artists share the stage with the Philharmonic in 2016-17, our 46th season. Not only will we host Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth and horn soloist Eric Ruske, you’ll also hear Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

October Masterworks: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony

Saturday, October 22, 2016.
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium.


Sometimes music transcends pure sound and reminds us of our humanity and our special role in society. Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony is such a work. On November 22, 1963, conductor Erich Leinsdorf interrupted a live performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and announced the assassination of President Kennedy. The stunned audience watched as the orchestra librarians quickly placed new parts on the musicians stands. The orchestra performed the Funeral March from the Eroica Symphony. Remarked the orchestra’s librarian, “Some people left, rushing out in grief. But most, he says, stayed as the orchestra played. Many cried. I was brought to tears by the movement of the Beethoven. It’s such beautiful music anyway.” Indeed.
Finlandia (Jean Sibelius)
The Moldau (Bedrich Smetana)
The Gadfly Suite, op. 97a (Dmitri Shostakovich)
Folk Feast (National Holiday)
Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” (Ludwig van Beethoven)

Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo

The Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo moves to Halloween. Kids and families will meet the principal players of the Philharmonic orchestra up close and personal. The musicians will demonstrate each instrument for the kids, who will get a chance to try them out. Dr. Bartram will also be giving conducting lessons on stage! There will be games and fun…and Gingerbread Men! The event will conclude with a brief concert for the kids. No reservation or tickets required.

Christmas with Tony Bennett

Friday, December 9, 2016.
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium.
No one else in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence. For Bennett, there is no such thing as retirement. In the last ten years alone he has sold ten million records.
With millions of records sold worldwide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Bennett has received seventeen Grammy Awards—including a 1995 Grammy for Record of the Year for his “MTV Unplugged” CD, which introduced this American master to a whole new generation—and the Grammy Lifetime Award. His 2007 prime-time special, “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” won seven Emmy Awards.
Christmas with Tony Bennett? Fredericksburg? Enough said!

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth

Saturday, March 18, 2017.
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium.
This event is sold out.
Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, takes the lead in a career that spans film, television, voiceover and stage. You may know her from her many Emmy winning roles on television: ABC’s Pushing Daisies, Fox’s Glee, CBS’s The Good Wife, NBCs The West Wing, ABC’s The Muppet Show, Walt Disney’s The Descendants.
Or perhaps you know her from her Broadway Tony-winning credits: Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, or The Twentieth Century. Or how about her major film credits: The Boy Next Door with Jennifer Lopez, Disney’s The Peanuts Movie, Rio 2, RV with Robin Williams?
However you may know Kristin Chenoweth, her voice and personality will be on full display in Dodd Auditorium this March with the UMW Philharmonic! A veteran of the concert stage, Kristin has performed to sold-out crowds in concert halls across the globe. You’re ‘going to be popular’ if you land a ticket to this show!

SPRING CONCERT: APPALACHIAN SPRING, featuring Horn Soloist Eric Ruske

Season Finale.
Friday, April 28, 2017.
7:30 p.m., Dodd Auditorium.
Tickets go on sale to Friends Monday, September 5 at 10 AM.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, September 12 at 10 AM.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Call 540/654-1324 for information.
We close out the season with an outstanding program, and yet another world-class guest artist. Horn soloist Eric Ruske is simply a phenomenon. Currently Professor of Horn at Boston University, Eric was named Associate Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, (while he was going to school with Maestro Bartram at Northwestern University!), and he also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. In 2012, Albany Records released The Horn of Eric Ruske, a Box Set that includes two discs of horn concerti with orchestra, three of music for horn and piano, one disc for solo horn and a disc of chamber music for horn, violin and piano.
Among the most famous of American classical works, Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland earned him the Pulitzer Prize and the adoration of millions. This will be the Philharmonic’s first performance of this American masterpiece.
Marche Militaire Francaise (Camille Saint-Saens)
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (Vaughan Williams)
Concerto No. 1 for Horn (Richard Strauss), Eric Ruske, horn
Pomp & Circumstance No. 1 (Edward Elgar)
Villanelle for Horn (Pual Dukas), Eric Ruske, horn
Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland), Eric Ruske, horn

*Note: For all concerts listed above, in order to receive early ticket benefits, your membership must be current. (Donations must be received for the 2016-17 academic year.)